Chicken imports from the US to the island recorded their lowest level since June 2020, one of the most critical peaks of the pandemic, confirmed economist Pedro Monreal last Thursday.
According to an analysis of his X profile, the academic explained that last October these imports decreased for the second consecutive month.
“The The food security crisis has worsened in the face of ineffective economic policies. “Since chicken is the main source of meat protein in Cuba, the recent problems are much worse than the official story says,” added Monreal.
The data was obtained from the US Department of Agriculture, which includes all poultry meat exports to Cuba that are contracted, either by the state sector or by MSMEs.
The economist added that the price of USD 1.30 per kilogram of chicken exported to Cuba in October 2023 was the highest recorded in the last five years.
1/4 US poultry meat exports to Cuba fell for the second consecutive month in October (-26.5% in value and -32% in tons) and registered their lowest level since June 2020, amid the pandemic. pic.twitter.com/8UKvaAMk1n
– Pedro Monreal (@pmmonreal) December 7, 2023
The numbers are very different from 2021, for example, when chicken exports from the United States to Cuba set historical records.
That year, for the first time, the 300 thousand ton barrier was surpassed, with the export of 307.6 thousand tons for an annual value of 279.7 million US dollars.
These data contradict the version of the Cuban government which, to justify the lack of food on the Island, blames the ‘economic blockade (embargo) of the Cuban people’ on the United States.